Friday, January 28, 2011

Best Movie Ever....

There are so many excellent examples of cinema out there, it's hard to pick my all-time favorite. I tend to rotate. Today it's The Godfather. Or maybe The Shawshank Redemption.

Wow, those are kind of dark, huh? Don't worry - some happy go lucky, completely useless movies are in my top twenty rotation as well. Like... Sixteen Candles.

The New York Times has this list of the Best 1,000 Movies ever made. Check and see if yours is on there. But today is for you... what is your favorite movie ever and why? That one movie that no matter when it comes on, you have to stop and watch? I was going to ask what was the worst movie you ever watched but there are just so many, it didn't seem fair. So let's hear it - best of the best? Did you add any from 2010 to your list?


Brneyed1 said...

My faves, in no particular order:

Shawshank Redemption: "Get busy livin', or get busy dyin."

Pulp Fiction: "What ain't no country I ever heard of! They speak English in "What"??

The Princess Bride: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

The Five Heartbeats: "Cain't nobody sang like Eddie Kane, Jr!" "How does it feel to be me?"

Office Space: "Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays."

Clerks: "I'm not even supposed to BE here!"

Talladega Nights: "SHAKE AND BAKE!!" "Dear 8lb, 4oz, infant baby Jesus..."

The Matrix (only the first one): "I know kung fu!"

ConvertingMe said...

I swore up and down I was the only person who loves Shawshank Redemption!

I love movies that will make your heart stop with sadness. Shawshank, etc but I also love a good movie that has a strong soundtrack - O Brother where art thou, and Little Shop of Horrors (don't judge me)

OSHH said...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, such a good story!
Bram Stoker's Dracula.
The Matrix
Legend, (with Tom Cruise)
V for Vendetta
Sixteen Candles was my movie when I was a young girl too, we all wanted a , Jake Ryan *sigh*.

Wanyanak said...

The Untouchables
Sometimes in April
Tortilla Soup
Bourne Ultimatum
Monsoon Wedding...

...So many others. :)

Bethany Showell said...

I have a few:
Kill Bill Vol. I
The First Wives Club
Every James Bond movie except Quantum of Solace
Iron Man (I & II)

ChiChi said...

The.Color.Purple! Hands down, it has to be my favorite movie ever.

blackprofessor said...

I love Shawshank Redemption!! I always cry when Morgan Freeman is walking on the beach to meet Tim Robbins, good stuff!

My list, in addition to Shawshank:
The Color Purple
English Patient
Sound of Music
The Ten Commandments
City of God
Motorcycle Diaries
Bend it Like Beckham
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Pride and Prejudice
Remember the Titans
Carmen Jones
Cabin in the Sky
Cold Mountain

Penny said...

Ooohh-I just love "The Sound of Music." I also like some of the others on your list-"The Color Purple" ("Until you do right by me, everything you touch...,") "Bend it Like Beckham," and "Carmen Jones." Two of my favorites not on your list "The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner and "The Usual Suspects."

William Martin said...

Transporter 1 - 6 (Just joking!)
So many to chose from. Maybe Goodfellas or Pulp Fiction right now.

Brneyed1 said...

How could I forget to include The Usual Suspects?!? "Keyser Soze! KEYSER SOZE!!"

Natasha said...

I am a 80s teen movie geek

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Sixteen Candles
Breakfast Club
Can't Buy Me Love
Pretty in Pink
the one where the people either dissolves into red dust or becomes zombies
The Legend of Billie Jean
Beat Street
Breakin 1 and 2 (Electric Boogaloo)
The Last Dragon

Calamity Jane
Sound of Music
Wizard of Oz
Cabin in the Sky
Carmen Jones
Stormy Weather
Five Heartbeats "I gotta fight every night to prove my love, Shoot"

The Color Purple
Malcolm X
The Matrix (1st one)

So many more!

Brneyed1 said...

OOOH, here's another one: Very Bad Things. Like The Hangover, only it came out in the 90's and is not at all a comedy. "What we've done here is definitely NOT a good thing..." Loved Christian Slater and Jeremy Piven in this movie!!

Cassie said...

Chele - do you like any of the old school 50s movies?

JaymeC said...

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a long time favorite of mine.

FreeBlackMan said...

Malcolm X

thinklikeRiley said...

*Stands beside FBM with black-gloved fist raised*

David Chase said...

Trying to reconcile your bougenificence with The Godfather. You are a complex woman, Chele.
I rotate mine also, this week probably one of the Bourne movies or The Untouchables

blackprofessor said...

I love the Last Dragon!! I totally forgot about my fixation with Bruce Leroy, he was so fine!! I also loved Beat Streat and Breakin, those were the days!

blackprofessor said...

I watch the Sound of Music every year like I have never seen it before!

Jasmin said...

(Almost) anything by Pedro Almodóvar--I wish American cinema would go there like he does.

Doubt--It had Meryl Streep and Viola Davis!

The Birdcage--Nathan Lane at his best, IMO.

The Great Mouse Detective--Yea, I was a Disney kid.

Spirited Away--Hayao Miyazaki's work is incredible.

Away We Go--Great indie film with Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski.

suebhoney said...

The Godfather
Scent of a Woman
And Justice for All
A Bronx Tale
Mr. Hollands Opus
The American President
Any movie starting Bette Davis
Steel Magnolias
Terms of Endearment
Rocky 1,2,3,4
The Best Man
Love and Basketball
The Temptations
Love Jones
The Sound of Music
7 Brides for 7 Brothers
West Side Story
From Here to Eternity
Just some of my top favs.

OneChele said...

I do like a lot of film Noir. Hitchcock Movies, Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Long Hot Summer) are faves - I'm a huge musical fan. Gigi, Singin' in the Rain - all of those. Bette Davis. I could go on. So I guess my short answer is... yes.

Steve said...

The Usual Suspects

Kim said...

Imitation of Life
The Gospel of John
The Boy In The Stryped Pajamas
and soooo many more

BrendaKay said...

My "Best Films List":

Eve's Bayou

Harry Potter {every one of them}

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


2001: A Space Odyssey

The Warriors

Undercover Brother {Don't judge me!}


Despicable Me

Red Cliff

Salaam Bombay

SassyJJ said...

LOVE The First Wives Club and She-Devil!

GrownAzzMan said...


Greg Greenleaf said...

The Blues Brothers
Coming To America
Once Upon A Time In America
The Best Man
Harlem Nights

Admiral_Komack said...

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Blazing Saddles

Time Bandits

The Godfather

I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka!

KG3 said...

The Godfather triology
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Pulp Fiction
Love and Basketball
Brown Sugar
Robin Hood (Disney Version)
Toy Story (1-3)
Empire Records
American Graffiti

Hidi said...

Your list is speaking to me! Most of those are my best films too. :)


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